Internet Safety Enforcement Team Supported Lawsuit …

Internet Safety Enforcement Team Supported Lawsuit

REDMOND, Wash., April 14 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network –
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today praised California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for their filing of a joint lawsuit on
Tuesday against defendants allegedly responsible for initiating the
transmission of millions of commercial e-mail messages since Jan. 1, 2004.

The state of California and the FTC brought the lawsuit against four
defendants in federal court in San Francisco. Microsoft’s Internet Safety
Enforcement Team began investigating several of the defendants more than a
year ago, and directly supported the lawsuit by providing evidence of illegal
spam e-mails and other investigative materials to the Consumer Law Section of
the State of California Office of the Attorney General, as well as by
submitting an affidavit detailing MSN(R) Hotmail(R) policies to the FTC.

“The strong collaboration between state and federal government enforcers,
as well as private industry, demonstrated in this case is critical in the
battle against spam,” said Microsoft Internet Safety Enforcement Attorney
Aaron Kornblum. “Microsoft is committed to supporting such important efforts
by leaders like Attorney General Lockyer and the Federal Trade Commission.”

Microsoft works with government Internet safety enforcers across the
country to combat online threats, and has supported actions against alleged
spammers in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and
Washington state. Last Monday, Florida attorney general Charlie Crist sued two
Tampa-based spammers following a six-month collaborative investigation with
Microsoft. On March 31, Microsoft joined representatives from the Federal
Trade Commission and the National Consumer League in a formal announcement to
promote awareness of phishing. At that time, Microsoft announced the filing
of 117 civil suits against alleged phishers. Separately, Microsoft also has
filed 97 civil lawsuits to date against alleged spammers in the United States.

Microsoft’s MSN Hotmail is the world’s largest Web-based e-mail service,
with more than 200 million active accounts. Microsoft is determined to do
everything it can — working with law enforcement agencies, crafting
innovative software solutions and working with industry groups — to combating

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

NOTE: Microsoft, MSN and Hotmail are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.

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